Delhi Police Detain Students Protesting Violence Against Minor Girls in UP’s Unnao
Students protesting in front of the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Bhawan in Delhi on Friday against the repeated attacks on Dalits in UP were detained by the Delhi Police. They were protesting in the capital following the deaths of two young Dalit girls in Unnao. The third girl – their cousin – is fighting for her life at Regency Hospital, Kanpur.
The girls, aged 16, 13, and 17, were cousins, and had gone to fetch cattle fodder from a field which belonged to their family at around 3 pm on Wednesday, February 17. When they did not return till late in the night, some of their family members along with the neighbours started searching for them. The girls were found lying in their field in an unconscious state, the police said.
Several organisations took part in the protest, including the Phoolan Army, All India Students’ Association (AISA), Students’ Federation of India (SFI), and Krantikari Yuva Sangathan (KYS). However, the police did not let the protest go on for long, saying that the students did not have permission to protest in the area….